Horse Trials (Dressage) Tips???

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    04-19-2012, 04:13 PM
Horse Trials (Dressage) Tips???

Whenever I go into the dressage ring when Im at a horse trials, my pony starts to completely ignore my aids. In the warm-up ring shes an angel, but as soon as we get into the show ring she throws her head up and refuses to bend or listen to me. Any tips for solving this?
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    04-29-2012, 10:05 AM
Do you take her off the farm for lessons/riding with friends etc.? If you can, it may help to travel to a friend's farm and set up a "mini show" environment and see if she does the same. I would guess she's just a little green and excited by new situations.
    05-02-2012, 11:48 AM
Thanks :) That's a good idea. Sorry I didn't answer right away, I haven't logged in for a while....
    05-04-2012, 02:27 PM
Could she be sensing your nervousness? If it is, unfortunately the only way to overcome this is show, show, show!!!
    05-04-2012, 10:29 PM
She might be. That would explain a lot, leave it to me to not think of the obvious... hahaha.
    05-04-2012, 10:40 PM
Disclaimer: I am not an eventer, but I do know Dressage and have been to a few shows.

Originally Posted by Moonshadow16    
She might be. That would explain a lot, leave it to me to not think of the obvious... hahaha.
When you are in the warm up ring, there are typically other horses there right?
When you are showing, you are typically alone, yes? So maybe it's just a case of she needs to get used to that. Is there a way you could arrive really early and practice in the show ring with her?
    05-05-2012, 09:45 AM
^ they usually don't let you ride in show rings

Im guessing she feels you get nervous when you go into the show ring, just gotta do it more ! =]
    05-05-2012, 01:20 PM
Yeah, there are usually other horses there. But, like gypsygirl said, I don't think they will let me... I will definitely ask next time though!
    05-05-2012, 07:15 PM
I feel ya(: today my horse was actually the best I've ever had him in warm-up...and got into the ring and promtly began bucking and trying to bolt... just sign up for some dressage schooling shows!
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    05-06-2012, 10:47 PM
Depending on the venue, you may be permitted to hand walk your horse around the outside of the dressage arena before any of the tests start. But that means you need to get there before the crack of dawn I think. LOL

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